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Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor

Lynda Barry

Writing exercises and creativity advice from Barry’s pioneering, life-changing workshop - IN STORES OCTOBER 2014

The award-winning author Lynda Barry is the creative force behind the genre-defying and bestselling work What It Is. She believes that anyone can be a writer and has set out to prove it. For the past decade, Barry has run a highly popular writing workshop for nonwriters called Writing the Unthinkable, which was featured in The New York Times Magazine. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor is the first book to make her innovative lesson plans and writing exercises available to the public for home or classroom use. Barry teaches a method of writing that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images, both written and visual. It has been embraced by people across North America—prison inmates, postal workers, university students, high-school teachers, and hairdressers—for opening pathways to creativity.

Syllabus takes the course plan for Barry’s workshop and runs wild with it in her densely detailed signature style. Collaged texts, ballpoint-pen doodles, and watercolor washes adorn Syllabus’s yellow lined pages, which offer advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process. Throughout it all, Barry’s voice (as an author and as a teacher-mentor) rings clear, inspiring, and honest.

October 2014 / $24.95 / 7.5 x 9.75 / 200 pages / full color / flexicover (pb)

ISBN: 9781770461611

$24.95 US / $24.95 CDN

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What It Is

Lynda Barry

What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or remember. Bursting with full-color drawings, comics, and collages, autobiographical sections and gentle creative guidance, each page is an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary." Lynda Barry explores the depths of the inner and outer realms of creation and imagination, where play can be serious, monsters have purpose, and not knowing is an answer unto itself.

How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? These types of questions permeate the pages of What It Is, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. Her insight and sincerity will tackle the most persistent of inhibitions, calling back every kid who quit drawing to again feel alive at the experiential level. Comprised of completely new material, this is her first Drawn & Quarterly book.

208 pages, hardcover

ISBN: 9781897299357

$24.95 US / $24.95 CDN

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The Freddie Stories

Lynda Barry

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF TROUBLED ADOLESCENTS FROM BARRY’S ACCLAIMED COMIC

The Freddie Stories traces a year in the life of Freddie, the youngest member of the dysfunctional Mullen family. These four-panel entries–each representing an episode in the life of Freddie–bring to life adolescence, pimples and all. No matter what happens, it all seems to go wrong for Freddie–he’s set up as an arsonist, mercilessly teased in school, and bossed around by classmates. With consummate skill, Lynda Barry writes about the cruelty of children at this most vulnerable age when the friends they make and the paths they choose can forever change their lives. In The Freddie Stories every word of dialogue, every piece of narration, and every dark line evokes adolescent angst.

These short, moving stories are collected from Barry’s beloved Ernie Pook’s Comeek, which was serialized across North America for two decades. Re-packaged here with a brand-new introduction from Lynda Barry, The Freddie Stories is an adult tale about just how hard it is to be a teenager–a classic Barry work alongside her cult masterpiece novel Cruddy–poignant, insightful, and true.

Hardcover, 8.375" x 10.875", Full-Color

ISBN: 9781770460904

$19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

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Picture This

Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry singlehandedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic-memoir-how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most importantly, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R.R. Donelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored and answered the question "Do you think you can write?" Now with PICTURE THIS, Barry asks "Why do we stop drawing?" and "Why do we start?" It features the return of Barry's most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Nearsighted Monkey. Like What It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take home extension of Barry's traveling, continually sold out, and sought after workshop, Writing The Unthinkable.

Hardcover, 8.375 x 10.875 inches, full color, 176 pages

ISBN: 9781897299647

$29.95 US / $31.95 CDN

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Blabber Blabber Blabber

Lynda Barry

NOVEMBER 2011

From her first comics published in the Evergeen State College school paper to her influential weekly comic strip, ERNIE POOK'S COMEEK; from her bestselling creative how-to memoir comic books, WHAT IT IS and PICTURE THIS, to her novels, graphic memoirs, plays, and awards in between, Lynda Barry has been part of the North American alternative comics scene for thirty years.

EVERYTHING collects all of the seminal Ernie Pook's Comeek and includes her earliest books such as BOYS & GIRLS and BIG IDEAS. It also features an introduction penned by Barry, complete with photographs.

Reflective of the early 1980s before the appearance of Barry's well-known characters Marlys and Arna, the comics in Everything Volume 1 cover the more adult subjects of bad love, bad perms, being single, Prince, and miserable break-ups ---resulting in one of the most oft-quoted Barry sayings: "Love is an exploding cigar which we all willingly smoke."

Though Barry's early drawing style is most often described as "scratchy"-her affinity for large swaths of text and narration; fondness for exclamation marks; angular shapes cursive penmanship: and her uncanny ability to zero in the very essence of life all within a few panels is as present as ever in this collection.

8 3/4 x 10 7/8 inches, Black-and-white illustrations throughout, 176 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781770460522

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Lynda Barry Tote Bag

Lynda Barry

100 % cotton tote bag, designed by Lynda Barry exclusively for Libraire Drawn & Quarterly

ISBN: DNQ1109270113

$10.00 US / $10.00 CDN

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